Top MuckReads: Bahrain’s PR, Juvenile Detention and a Jump in Justifiable Homicides

By Wire News Sources on April 14, 2012

by Blair Hickman

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Uncompromising Photos Expose Juvenile Detention in America, Wired

America locks up children at a quicker rate than all other developed countries, with about 60,000
juveniles imprisoned on any given day. Photographer
Richard Ross spent five years photographing the little-seen conditions inside
350 correction centers across the U.S.

How Bahrain Spends
Millions to Spin the Press
, Jalopnik

Since last year’s Arab Spring, Bahrain has been
beefing up its international PR efforts, signing deals with at least 10 PR
firms and one editor-turned-flack: David Cracknell,
former Political Editor for The Sunday
Times.
He
says he worked for a government with a
“progressive agenda” that “believes in democracy; not theocracy.” But after
this contract, he won’t be working with the island country again. Contributed by @elliottjustin

Welfare Limits Left Poor Adrift as
Recession Hit,
The New York
Times

After the recession hit, pitfalls of the mid-1990s welfare reform
started to show. Now, “leading Republicans” are pushing similar
reforms to other government aid programs, like Medicaid and food stamps. Contributed
by
@nhannahjones

Stand Your Ground Law Coincides With Jump
in Justifiable-Homicides Cases
, Washington Post

After Florida expanded its gun laws in 2005, more than 30
states adopted similarly broad versions of the Stand Your Ground law at the
center of the Trayvon Martin case.
Justifiable-homicide cases have also been on the rise nationwide. Contributed by @kleinmatic

For Feds, ‘Lying’ Is a Handy Charge, The Wall Street Journal

A controversial law against lying to federal prosecutors
– often referred to simply as “1001″ – is used hundreds
of times every year – often when the evidence isn’t strong enough to
warrant other charges. Contributed
by
@JessePesta

How One
Georgia Town Gambled Its Future on Immigration Detention
, The Nation

In rural Georgia, jobs depend on prison contracts with Immigration
and Customs Enforcement. As the state passed strict laws designed to keep out
undocumented immigrants, politicians lobbied to keep immigrant detainees
flowing to a private prison, even as ICE expressed concern about standards at
the facility. 

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